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    Wednesday
    Jul192017

    Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

    Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

    San Jose drivers looking for a versatile luxury sedan should come take the 2017 Lexus GS 350 for a test drive, because some things are just better in person.

    If you’ve never been behind the wheel of a Lexus, you’ll automatically notice the superior cabin quality and thoughtfully designed instrument panel and center stack. Once you start the engine, you’ll see why the GS is one of California’s favorites. Check out our full review for more information, then come in for a visit:

    Performance

    The 2017 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models have a 6-speed automatic transmission. With RWD, you can get from zero to 60 MPH in 5.7 seconds, while the AWD model has a 5.8-second zero-to-60 time.

    According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 RWD gets up to 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. The AWD model gets 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus equipped all models of the 2017 GS – including the GS 350, GS 200t, GS 450h, and GS F – with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, all models have standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, backup camera, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Optional safety features include Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Heads-Up Display.

    Features

    For your comfort and convenience, all models of the GS feature SmartAccess with push-button start/stop, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and smog sensor, auto-dimming mirrors, and Drive Mode Select. Additionally, you’ll love the standard Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Remote Touch control pad, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, and HD Radio.

    The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year. You also have the option to add the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

    Interior

    Inside the cabin, you’ll enjoy luxury materials and distraction-free design. Interior features include the Lexus Memory System for the driver’s seat, power moonroof, 10-way power adjustable front seats, and power tilting/telescoping steering wheel. You can also add a heated steering wheel and power trunk as individual options.

    The Premium Package gives you leather-trimmed seating, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package adds embossed-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, three-zone automatic climate control, 18-way power adjustable front seats, and more.

    Pricing

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul122017

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Bay Area drivers know quality when they see it, which is why Lexus has long been a favorite in the region. Those seeking a crossover SUV with elegant styling, a luxurious interior, and top safety ratings will want to come take the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo for a test drive.

    But first, check out our full review to see why it’s the perfect small ute for California roads:

    Entertainment and Convenience

    You expect to have everything you need at your fingertips in a luxury car, and the NX delivers. It features an available Remote Touchpad for easy access to media, climate, and navigation controls via a responsive touch surface area with intuitive pinch, swipe, and flick gestures and pulse feedback. Additionally, the NX Turbo comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth tech, and Siri Eyes Free.

    You also have the option to add a Qi-compatible wireless charger, a 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destinations, and the entire Enform App Suite for access to all of your favorite apps, wherever you go.

    Interior and Comfort

    Each model of the 2017 NX is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, NuLuxe interior trim, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. As individual add-on options, you can also choose heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding and reclining rear seats, power moonroof, power rear door, and a heated steering wheel.

    The Comfort Package adds Lexus Memory System for the driver’s seat and mirrors, as well as a power tilting/telescoping steering column. The Luxury Package gives you Linear Black Shadow wood interior trim, perforated leather-trimmed seating, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, and power rear door.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 NX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, as it earned perfect scores in all crash tests.

    The 2017 NX comes available with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

    Performance

    The 2017 NX Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes a solid 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive or optional with all-wheel drive. If you have plans to haul a small boat or trailer, you’ll be glad to know that the NX Turbo has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. According to EPA estimates, it gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Starting at $35,285 MSRP

    Thursday
    Jul062017

    Helping our Furry Friends at HSSV

    Pet food, toys, carriers, towels and blankets filled up the red donation bins at the Lexus of Stevens Creek Service Center. For the months of May and June, LSC collaborated with the Milpitas-based Humane Society Silicon Valley.

    "It's so wonderful to team up with the Humane Society Silicon Valley again this year for another successful drive. This year we were able to donate three 700 gallon bins full of supplies as well as over three hundred dollars cash" says Community Relations Manager Cipriana Huerta. "They are truly making a difference in the lives of our four-legged friends in need, and we couldn't do this without the support of our incredibly generous Lexus guests."

    All the food provided goes to both support the foster animals and to animals of families who are in financial hardship. while the toys and bedding are used for the animals in our care to make their time here a little better.

    The Humane Society Silicon Valley is on a mission to save and enhance the lives of animals in our community. Since HSSV was founded in 1929, the group has adopted more than 500,000 animals into permanent, loving homes. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.hssv.org.

    #WeCanWeWill #WeCanWeShould #LexusCARes #CommunityPartners #HSSV

    Monday
    Jul032017

    Annual Back to School Drive: Help Children in Need By Donation Backpack & Supplies

    Lexus of Stevens Creek has partnered once again with the non-profit organization Family Giving Tree this year to host the Annual Back to School Drive! The donated items will be distributed to the neediest students who are enrolled in the Federal Free & Reduced Price Meal Program in an effort to help reduce the effects of poverty and allow them to start the school year off right! 


    During the months of July and August, Lexus guests can help by donating new backpacks and supplies such pens, pencils, folders with pockets and binders. Anyone who donates will receive 10% off their service bill at the Lexus of Stevens Creek Service Center.

    Wednesday
    Jun212017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Drivers in San Jose looking for an eco-conscious luxury vehicle often ask us the difference between a hybrid and an electric-only in terms of energy savings and convenience. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, and it may help to compare specific models when illustrating the differences.

    Here, we’ll look at how the 2017 Lexus ES 300h stacks up to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The former is a hybrid, and the latter is electric only, but that's not the only distinction between these four-door luxury cars. Read our one-to-one comparison to see which is more convenient to own:

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module. It makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus hybrid has standard front-wheel drive and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

    This model uses Lexus Hybrid Drive to shift energy source from gas to electric depending on your speed and driving mode – whether you’re on a smooth commute to Silicon Valley or the ride is a little more stop-and-go. The system can determine which is the optimal source at any given time, ensuring that you’re using the minimum amount of energy needed to perform. According to EPA estimates, the ES 300h gets 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 Mercedes B250e has a Tesla-supplied AC electric motor with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, and no gasoline-powered backup. It makes 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, and has front-wheel drive and a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

    When the battery is fully charged, you have a range of 88 miles. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a 40-amp charger, though you can charge it to a 60-mile range in about two hours. Still, this is a limiting factor if you plan on going too far outside the San Jose region. A road trip vehicle, this is not.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES comes standard with a Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, best-in-class 10-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect. Additionally, it has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 B250e is equipped with a central infotainment controller with 7-inch display, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, 9-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features optional backup camera, Parking Pilot, Blind Spot Assist, and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Starting at $39,900 MSRP